David Hasselhoff reveals to MTV that he was almost Superman.
“Believe it or not, I was up for Superman — the original Superman,” said Hasselhoff. "Christopher Reeve was on a soap at the time, and tall and skinny, and I was on a soap at the time and also tall and skinny, and I was up for Superman, too.”
Given that Hasselhoff clearly fit the casting requirements for the role — which apparently called for a tall, skinny actor with soap opera experience — how did he manage to lose out to Reeve for the role of Big Blue?
“Christopher Reeve got it, and it was one of the brilliant decisions that my staff and I made. They said, ‘You don’t want to be Superman because you’ll be Superman for the rest of your life!’” laughed Hasselhoff. “So that’s why those people are no longer with me.”
I can't imagine Hasselhoff as Superman. Christopher Reeve was and is still the best Superman we've seen on screen, big or small.
Gee, I wonder why Marvel didn't ask him to reprise his role as Nick Fury...